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Figlin The Clarence Summer Orchestra is concluding its season by bringing in an unusual pianist, Arkadiy Figlin. It's hard to find concrete information about Figlin. The notes sent in by the Clarence orchestra are pretty sketchy, and he does not have much of a presence on the Internet. But from what I can make out, he sounds intriguing.

Figlin appears to be from Moscow, where he got his grounding in piano. A press release says he studied at the "Moscow Institute of classical piano" -- I am unsure whether that means the Moscow Conservatory, or the Maryinsky Institute, or what. What does seems clear is that he plays classical music and jazz, in addition to music for ballet classes, which is available on CD. And this is interesting: Figlin has released a jazz trio CD of standards that was reportedly praised by Horace Silver.

Above left is a picture of Figlin I found looking around the Internet. Here is something else that turned up: Figlin recently played for a ballet performance at Chautauqua and was interviewed briefly by the Chautauqua Daily. He appeared there with his wife, pianist Nataliya Pinelis.

Figlin comes more into focus Sunday, when he joins the Clarence Summer Orchestra in a performance of two of Gershwin's most famous pieces, the "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Concerto in F. Arie Lipsky, the orchestra's music director, conducts. Rounding out the program are Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and the noble last movement of Brahms' First Symphony.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence. Admission is free and refreshments are available. In the event of rain, the music moves inside to Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., Clarence.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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